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  • Republicans should execute 'Maneuver X'

    01/17/2013 5:33:54 PM PST · by upchuck · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Phillip Klien
    ... Over the past two years, Republicans have ... viewed every potential crisis -- a possible government shutdown, the threat of a debt ceiling breach and the prospect of the nation sailing over the "fiscal cliff" -- as an opportunity to corner Obama into agreeing to tackle the nation's mounting debt problem. This strategy has created a dynamic in which Obama has successfully portrayed Republicans as reckless, incapable of governance and willing to put the economy at risk to make a political statement. He's been able to deflect questions about his own lack of action on deficits by blaming Republican...
  • Mali conflict: French 'fighting Islamists in Diabaly'

    01/17/2013 5:33:53 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 January 2013
    French troops have been fighting Mali's Islamist rebels in street battles in the town of Diabaly, Malian and French sources say. In the first major ground operation in the conflict, French special forces were fighting alongside Malian troops. Diabaly, 350km (220 miles) north of the capital Bamako, was captured by the rebels on Monday. France intervened in Mali last Friday to try to halt the Islamists' push southwards towards the capital. In a separate development, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court opened a war crimes investigation, focusing on acts committed since January 2012 in some northern regions of...
  • Christie: NRA Ad on Obama Daughters ‘Reprehensible’

    01/17/2013 5:30:34 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 48 replies
    <p>New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is labeling “reprehensible” the National Rifle Association ad that brought President Barack Obama’s daughters into the gun-control debate.</p> <p>The NRA ad accused the president of being a hypocrite for allowing his daughters to be protected by armed Secret Service agents but not embracing armed guards for schools.</p>
  • Humorless, Offended State-Run Media: Limbaugh is Limbaugh... But He's Right

    01/17/2013 5:22:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So, I'm trying to keep a low profile. This is what I mean. I'm just telling you, they don't get the humor. They're wound so tight that they're just waiting to be offended. And this is like the third day in a row members of the media are fit to be tied over my characterization of the children at the White House being used as human shields. Boy, times change. Jonathan Karl, when he was at CNN, I did a number of interviews with Jonathan Karl, and he was like our old buddy Jim Rutenberg at the...
  • No Strategy to Govern - Ivory-tower Obama can’t abide views he doesn’t share. (Michael Barone)

    01/17/2013 5:16:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | Michael Barone
    To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference on Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern.His point-blank refusal to negotiate over the debt ceiling was clearly designed to make House Republicans look bad.But Obama knows very well that negotiations usually accompany legislation to increase the government’s debt limit. As Gordon Gray of the conservative American Action Network points out, most of the 17 increases in the debt ceiling over the last 20 years have been part of broader measures.Working out...
  • ATF urges background checks in private gun sales (from the people who brought you F&F!)

    01/17/2013 5:10:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 30 replies
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is encouraging licensed gun dealers to help private gun sellers run federal background checks. In an open letter to the country's federally licensed gun dealers, the ATF says they can "enhance public safety and assist law enforcement" by facilitating private sales through their businesses and running federal background checks on prospective gun buyers.
  • Fast And Furious Scandal: Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

    01/17/2013 5:08:41 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 17 replies
    ABC News / Univision ^ | January 17, 2012 | JORDAN FABIAN
    A Mexican national claims to be the man who shot and killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose death is tied to the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal. Gustavo Cruz-Lozano, who says he killed Terry, turned himself in on Wednesday on charges related to a separate incident: threatening to kill Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff Lupe Trevińo. But before he surrendered himself, Cruz-Lozano said in an exclusive interview with Univision News' daily news magazine show "Primer Impacto" that he murdered Terry during a firefight on Dec. 14, 2010, while the agent was on patrol near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona....
  • Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

    01/17/2013 4:59:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law. Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.” The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA...
  • Strippers Can Earn $350,000 A Year In This Oil Boomtown Club

    01/17/2013 4:52:25 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | January 17, 2013 | Robert Johnson
    Early last year in Williston there had been too much attention focused on the local gentlemen's clubs for any strippers to talk with me about what they earned, but apparently that's changed. John Eligon from The New York Times just visited the North Dakota boomtown and one visiting dancer says she often earns more than $1,000 a night. That may be a conservative estimate as word last year was dancers were making two to three times that amount, but club owners were concerned with IRS attention and prohibited employees from speaking to the press. With nearly two men for every...
  • Asia's Airlines Find Being First Comes With Risks

    01/17/2013 4:49:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2013 | JEFFREY NG
    HONG KONG—Asia's premium airlines have over the past two decades signed on as high-profile launch customers for many new commercial jetliners, such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing Co. BA +1.24% 787, aiming to raise their global profile while renewing an aging fleet. The key driver behind these moves was a push over the past two decades by the region's airlines to launch newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft amid a strengthening regional economy and a boom in demand for air travel across Asia. But the latest problems facing the 787 Dreamliner—which Japan's two main carriers were the first to fly—highlight the...
  • Biden reveals brush with gun massacre

    01/17/2013 4:46:08 PM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    washington times ^ | 1/17/13 | Dave Boyer
    Mr. Biden told a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington that it was “pure coincidence” that he was in Lancaster County, Pa., on Oct. 2, 2006, when a deranged gunman was killing students nearby at a tiny Amish school. “I happened to be literally — probably, it turned out, to be a quarter of a mile [away] at an outing when I heard gunshots in the woods,” Mr. Biden recounted. “We didn’t know. … We thought they were hunters.”
  • Too Many Men? (The Old West treated women much better than North Dakota does today.)

    01/17/2013 4:45:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2013 | James Taranto
    While Barack Obama's America limps along economically, North Dakota has been booming: "The rich shale oil formation deep below the rolling pastures here has attracted droves of young men to work the labor-intensive jobs that get the wells flowing and often generate six-figure salaries," the New York Times reports from Williston. But not all is well in the Peace Garden State, which turns out to be a place where the men are men and the women are nervous: "Many [local women] said they felt unsafe. Several said they could not even shop at the local Walmart without men following them...
  • Will Obama's order lead to surge in gun research?(Admistration Propaganda)

    01/17/2013 4:33:08 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-17-13 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    MILWAUKEE—Nearly as many Americans die from guns as from car crashes each year. We know plenty about the second problem and far less about the first. A scarcity of research on how to prevent gun violence has left policymakers shooting in the dark as they craft gun control measures without much evidence of what works. That could change with President Barack Obama's order Wednesday to ease research restrictions pushed through long ago by the gun lobby. The White House declared that a 1996 law banning use of money to "advocate or promote gun control" should not keep the Centers for...
  • Marin's Gun Buyback Program Goes Belly Up (Marks Won't Be Paid Promised Money)

    01/17/2013 4:21:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
    Promises may not be fulfilled for lots of gun owners who turned over their firearmsMarin County's gun buyback program has become a victim of its own success. During its first-ever gun buyback event on Tuesday, the county collected 827 guns and more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition, most of it from Marin County residents, according to the district attorney's office, which organized the event. Those turning in guns were given $200 for semi-automatic handguns or long guns, and $100 for other guns. But the $43,000 in cash that was available to those surrendering firearms was depleted within 90 minutes. When...
  • Christie calls NRA ad ´reprehensible,´ announces violence task force

    01/17/2013 4:10:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/17/13 | Matt Katz
    TRENTON – Gov. Christie blasted the NRA’s new ad focusing on President Obama’s daughters – he called it “reprehensible” – but he wouldn’t given an opinion about a proposed federal assault weapons ban. Christie’s extensive comments on the issues of guns and violence came during a news conference this afternoon at the Statehouse in which Christie announced the creation of a task force to examine “violence control” measures in the wake of the shooting massacre in Sandy Hook. Led by two former state attorneys general, one Republican and one Democrat, and made up of
  • White House Value Rises Since Obamas Moved In (Yahoo! Gagger)

    01/17/2013 4:08:47 PM PST · by wac3rd · 12 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 1-17-12 | Susanna Kim
    <p>Michelle Obama has called the White House the "people's house," and similar to many American homes, it is seeing an increase in its value with the recovery of the housing market.</p> <p>Since President Barack Obama, his wife, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, moved into the White House in January 2009, the home's value has increased about 7 percent to an estimated $294.9 million, according to housing marketplace Zillow.</p>
  • Duncan: Hard to teach kids scared of being killed

    01/17/2013 4:05:42 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1//17/13 | AP
    "By far, the toughest part of my job was going to those funerals, going to those homes and going to those classrooms," he told a conference of the nation's mayors who met with Duncan earlier in the day to discuss education.
  • Muslim Cleric 'Shocked' Terror Charges Against Him Were Dismissed

    01/17/2013 4:05:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 | Christina Hernandez and Juan Ortega
    Izhar Khan, 26, the imam of a mosque in Margate, is a free man after U.S. District Judge Robert Scola issued a verdict of acquittalHours after a federal judge dismissed terrorism support and conspiracy charges against him, a young Muslim cleric on Thursday said he hopes his father similarly is cleared of such charges. “I'm hoping he will get released soon,” said Izhar Khan, 26, an imam at a mosque in suburban Margate north of Fort Lauderdale. “Justice will be served. Only time will tell.” Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola issued a verdict of acquittal for the younger Khan,...
  • Soldiers In Afghanistan React To Change In Breakfast Service

    01/17/2013 4:04:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    KPBS ^ | 1/15/13 | Beth Ford Roth
    Soldiers in Afghanistan have been filling us in on what it means to no longer get a hot breakfast each morning - and it has a lot more to do with morale than hunger. The comments are in response to a story that appeared in Home Post last week about the Pentagon's dismissal of a viral email that claimed all troops in Afghanistan weren't getting breakfast. According to the American Forces Press Service: The Internet myth’s genesis came from a few forward operating bases in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province that are closing or being turned over to Afghan security forces....
  • Panetta Promises 'Proper' Response to Algerian Terror Attack

    01/17/2013 3:55:46 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/17/13 | AWR Hawkins
    Speaking from Rome, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the U.S. will take "all necessary and proper steps" in response to the attack and subsequent hostage crisis in Algeria. Panetta called it a "terrorist act" and said "it is a very serious matter when Americans are taken hostage, along with others." Yesterday, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb made it clear that the targeting of Americans was intentional--that it was a way to send a message that the U.S. will "face the consequences" if they help the French fight Malian Islamists in southeast Algeria.
  • NYT Columnist Retweets Message Comparing AIPAC to Pigs

    01/17/2013 3:50:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 1/17/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A New York Times columnist has come under fire after retweeting a controversial message that referred to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) as “the 2 most pig like lobbies” in America. According to Adam Kredo of The Washington Free Beacon, Columnist Nicholas Kristof on Wednesday afternoon retweeted the message written by longtime Israel critic M.J. Rosenberg, which recalled the recently unearthed statements by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that referred to Jews as “pigs.” “OBAMA told the 2 most pig like lobbies, AIPAC & NRA, to drop dead in same month. Next: Chamber...
  • LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls for federal immigration reform

    01/17/2013 3:45:02 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    KABC-TV Los Angeles, CA ^ | January 14, 2013 | John North
    WASHINGTON (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in the national spotlight Monday calling for federal immigration reform. With so many priorities in Washington D.C. right now, the mayor said he doesn't want this issue to fall off the radar screen. Villaraigosa spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and called repairing the nation's broken immigration system an economic imperative. He wants a pathway to citizenship as the core of any reforms. "No human being is illegal. No human being should be illegal. We must enshrine this principle into the heart and soul of this country's immigration...
  • The Military Is Already Preparing For The Worst-Case Sequester Scenario

    01/17/2013 3:42:17 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-17-2013 | Paul Szoldra
    The Military Is Already Preparing For The Worst-Case Sequester Scenario Paul SzoldraJanuary 17, 2013There's plenty of talk about the "fiscal cliff" -- which was avoided by a last-minute deal last month — but that only delayed a huge Pentagon fear: Sequestration. What happens if the military is slapped with sequestration -- automatic budget cuts to the tune of about $500 billion over ten years? The Defense Department is the biggest loser in the latest budget battle, and although Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is hopeful about reaching an agreement, they still need to plan for the possibility, which left unchecked...
  • Chris Christie Slams ‘Reprehensible’ NRA For ‘Dragging People’s Children’ Into Gun Cont. Debate(Vid)

    01/17/2013 3:23:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 149 replies
    Mediate ^ | 5:01 pm, January 17th, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the National Rifle Association’s latest ad in which they accuse President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for sending his children to a school where they are protected by armed guards. Christie called the ad “reprehensible” and said that the NRA should not be “dragging people’s children” into the gun control debate. RELATED: NRA: Those Who Think New Ad Is About First Daughters Are ‘Missing The Point Completely’ “I think any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe,” Christie said on Thursday at a news conference in Trenton....
  • Homeland Security Releases Binder Detailing Internet Monitoring

    01/17/2013 3:09:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1/17/13 | Katie Pavlich
    The Department of Homeland Security has released their 2011 "Analysts Desktop Binder," detailing how the department has been monitoring activity on the internet and social networks. The binder includes an extensive list of key words and search terms carefully watched by analysts in multiple agencies including the Directorate for National Protection and Programs, Directorate for Science and Technology, Office of Health Affairs, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others. Many monitored search terms are basic and used on a regular basis by every day American citizens and journalists.
  • Pauline Phillips, longtime Dear Abby advice columnist, dies at 94

    01/17/2013 3:05:27 PM PST · by Borges · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/17/13 | Michael Martinez
    Pauline Phillips, better known to millions of newspaper readers as the original Dear Abby advice columnist, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease, her family said Thursday. She died Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 94. Phillips' columns were published in an era when newspaper readers began to prize straight-talking, pithy advice about marriages, children, jobs -- just about anything that troubled people. Phillips wrote under the pen name of Abigail Van Buren, shortened to "Dear Abby" in newspapers. "Abigail" was taken from the wise woman in the Old Testament and "Van Buren" was one of her favorite...
  • Outgoing Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Blames Tea Party for Unemployment, Proud of Representing

    01/17/2013 3:01:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    sooper mexican ^ | 1/17/13 | fox
    Hilda Solis, the outgoing Secretary of Labor made some surprising comments in an interview with Fox News Latino: In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with Fox News Latino on Wednesday, Solis, the first Hispanic Labor Secretary in U.S. history, made it clear that despite her resignation, politics still flow through her blood. When asked whether she would consider running for the mayor of Los Angeles or governor of California, she proudly pandered to illegal aliens: ”I will absolutely make myself available,” said Solis, a four term congresswoman representing districts in the heavily Hispanic East LA area. “Many of the hardworking people...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,January 17,2013

    01/17/2013 2:58:47 PM PST · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 17,2013 | Mark Levin
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  • Additions to be made to gun laws for law enforcement

    01/17/2013 2:55:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    abc local, New York News ^ | 1/17/13 | Jim Hoffer
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- It appears someone forgot to exempt police officers from the ban of ammunition clips with more than 7 bullets in New York State's new gun control law. It's a big oversight that apparently happened in the haste by the Cuomo Administration to get a tough package of gun-control measures signed into law. On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the sweeping gun measure, the nation's toughest. It includes a ban on the possession of high-capacity magazines.
  • Algeria reportedly completes hostages rescue, after 2 Americans escape

    01/17/2013 2:42:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Foxnews ^ | January 17, 2013
    Two Americans escaped unharmed Thursday from a hostage standoff with an Al Qaeda-linked group as Algeria's state news agency reports special forces have completed a rescue operation to free the remaining foreign hostages, but casualties have been reported. Algerian state television said that four captives, two Britons and two Filipinos have died. But the militants said at least 35 hostages had died in the state's rescue attempt. There was no way to independently verify the toll in the remote location, 800 miles from Algiers. The two Americans who managed to escape the Ain Amenas gas plant where they were being...
  • Thirty hostages reported killed in Algeria assault (12 minutes ago)

    01/17/2013 2:40:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 17, 2013 | By Lamine Chikhi
    (Reuters) - Thirty hostages and at least 11 Islamist militants were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces stormed a desert gas plant in a bid to free many dozens of Western and local captives, an Algerian security source said. Two Japanese, two Britons and a French national were among at least seven foreigners killed, the source told Reuters. Eight of the dead hostages were Algerian. The nationalities of the rest, as well as of perhaps dozens more who escaped, were unclear. Americans, Norwegians, Romanians and an Austrian have also been mentioned by their governments as having been captured. Underlining the...
  • Redlined Carney: White House can't rule out chemical weapons use in Syria

    01/17/2013 2:33:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/13 | Adam Kredo
    The White House on Thursday again evaded direct questions about whether chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria. White House press secretary Jay Carney would not deny definitively that chemical weapons were used in the city of Homs, despite claims made in a recent classified State Department cable that such weapons had been used. Carney referred to the information in the cable as “anecdotal” and said that the State Department could not independently corroborate the information in the cable, which originated from a third-party source on the ground in Syria.
  • Fox News signs Karl Rove for 4 more years

    01/17/2013 2:25:06 PM PST · by elephant · 49 replies
    Yahoo news/Associated Press ^ | 1/17/2012 | Associated Press
    Karl Rove enlivened Fox News Channel's election coverage last year by questioning the network's declaration that Barack Obama had been re-elected. It hasn't affected Fox's desire to keep him on the air. The network announced Thursday that it had signed Rove to a new contract as a contributor. The deal runs through the 2016 election.
  • Report: Rand Paul to introduce bill nullifying Obama’s executive orders on guns

    01/17/2013 2:20:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via the Daily Caller, a teaser for his appearance on "Hannity" later tonight. If I didn't know better, I'd say that a guy who just visited Israel and is now talking about blocking executive overreach on gun-grabbing just might be running for president in 2016.The bill will go nowhere but conservatives will appreciate the gesture: “I’m told Sen. Rand Paul will introduce language within hours, within hours, to call for the nullification and prohibition of funding for the president’s executive actions announced today and possibly even using the federal courts to nullify and defund some of the things that he...
  • Police spies court case suggests sexual relations with activists were routine

    01/17/2013 2:18:58 PM PST · by posterchild · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thur Jan 17, 2013 | Paul Lewis and Rob Evens
    Hundreds of political activists were bedding down in a field near the Drax power station in North Yorkshire. It was August 2006 and eco-activists had erected tents beside the UK's single biggest carbon emitter. As night fell on the inaugural Climate Camp protest the campaigners near the coal-fired station had no idea that their camp had been infiltrated by three undercover police officers. Mark Kennedy, now the most famous of police spies, and, it now seems, a woman constable known as Lynn Watson – were that night inside tents sleeping with activists. The third, an officer using the alias Mark...
  • Democrat introduces bill to restrict access by minors to violent video games

    01/17/2013 2:16:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    During his media event yesterday to roll out his "comprehensive" plan to address gun violence, Barack Obama didn't mention the entertainment industry at all, despite hints from Joe Biden that films, television, and video games would all be on the table for discussion. Instead, another Democrat has picked up that issue in the House. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) has introduced legislation that would require all retailers to prevent the sale of violent video games to minors: Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced a bill this week that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors.The Supreme Court struck down...
  • GOP pollster: Stop talking about rape

    01/17/2013 2:12:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/17/2013 | JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN |
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — It’s way past time: House Republicans need to stop talking about rape. That’s the message GOP lawmakers got here Wednesday evening from Kellyanne Conway, a top GOP pollster. Conway dispensed the stern advice as part of a polling presentation she made alongside fellow GOP pollsters David Winston — an adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — and Dave Sackett. The comment was described by several sources in the room. Conway said rape is a “four-letter word,” and Republicans simply need to stop talking about it in their races for office. Several GOP candidates got themselves in...
  • 'Religious Freedom Day' prompts renewed opposition to mandate

    01/17/2013 2:09:12 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | January 17, 2013 | Adelaide Darling and Michelle Bauman
    Pres. Barack Obama with HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius announce the contraceptive mandate at the White House, Jan. 12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama’s designation of a national Religious Freedom Day is leading to calls for his administration to show greater respect for the conscience rights of Americans. “If it is not to be an empty promise,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, “religious freedom must also include acting on one’s deepest religious beliefs when one is feeding...
  • Andrew Cuomo’s Brave New 'Roe' (Catholic governor pushes on-demand abortion leg)

    01/17/2013 1:44:17 PM PST · by NYer · 56 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 16, 2013 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is flexing his political muscle to give abortion advocates their biggest state victory in 40 years since Roe v. Wade: a sweeping expansion of abortion law that, if enforced, would put Catholic hospitals and many state-funded ministries out of business. Cuomo’s approval ratings have topped 70% for six straight months, and, with just two years in office, he has already pushed through controversial same-sex “marriage” legislation and the most restrictive gun-control law in the nation. Cuomo, who is Catholic, now is setting his sights on succeeding where governors for the past six...
  • Ex-Police Commissioner’s son surrenders in house-stealing scheme

    01/17/2013 1:39:23 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/17/2013 | Sam Wood
    The son of former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson surrendered to authorities today a week after being charged in a house-stealing scheme. Steven Johnson, 49, a former SEPTA police lieutenant, was arrested at the District Attorney's office this morning and charged with criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, forgery, tampering with records and related counts. A three-year investigation uncovered 22 cases of forged deeds recorded with the city that were used to transfer uninhabited properties. The properties often were sold to innocent purchasers without the knowledge of the lawful owners, said a spokeswoman for the District...
  • Panetta: People Don’t ‘Need’ Assault Rifles

    01/17/2013 1:34:01 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 87 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-17-2013 | Rick Moran
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told troops at a military base in Italy that only soldiers needed assault weapons. From Reuters: Asked by a soldier what President Barack Obama would do to protect school children from gun violence without infringing Americans’ right to own guns, Panetta said action was needed after the attack on a Connecticut school in December in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. He told members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Vicenza that there were areas where steps could be taken, “I mean who the hell needs armor-piercing bullets except you guys...
  • Obama Recess Appointment Ruling Coming Soon

    01/17/2013 1:30:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 17, 2013 | Bill McMorris
    Labor insiders expect a federal appeals court to rule in the near future on a landmark case challenging President Barack Obama’s controversial recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in December in Noel Canning v. NLRB. At issue is the legitimacy of three NLRB board members appointed by Obama while the Senate remained in pro-forma session in an attempt to block the president from making a recess appointments. Insiders expect the court to expedite the proceedings. “Given the importance of this case, the decision should come out in the next...
  • Biden on guns: 'We're going to go around the country.'

    01/17/2013 1:25:18 PM PST · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    politico ^ | 1/17/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    but Biden’s remarks at the Capitol Hilton mark the first declaration that the White House plans to barnstorm to build support for its gun proposals. “We’re going to take this fight to the halls of Congress, Biden said. “We’re going to take it beyond that. We’re going to take it to the American people. We’re going to go around the country making our case and we’re going to let the voices, the voices of the American people be
  • Obama’s far-reaching gun-proposals face uncertain fate in divided Congress

    01/17/2013 1:18:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2013 | Philip Rucker and Ed O’Keefe
    The gun-control agenda that President Obama unveiled with urgency on Wednesday now faces an uncertain fate in a bitterly divided Congress, where Republican opposition hardened and centrist Democrats remained noncommittal after a month of feverish public debate. By pursuing an expansive overhaul of the nation’s gun laws, Obama is wagering that public opinion has evolved enough after a string of mass shootings to force passage of politically contentious measures that Congress has long stymied. Yet there was no indication on Wednesday that the mood on Capitol Hill has changed much. Within hours of Obama’s formal policy rollout at the White...
  • Viewed as out of touch, GOP gathers forces to plot rebirth (And guess which way they want to go)

    01/17/2013 1:05:09 PM PST · by cizinec · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin
    Kevin Madden, a GOP strategist who worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign last year, said the retreat gives lawmakers a chance to start laying the groundwork necessary to re-establish the GOP brand. “Right now, we are caught in a vicious cycle of just reacting to events that happen in two-week increments. Instead, we have to look at our challenge of rebuilding in a much more comprehensive fashion,” Mr. Madden said. “What is the positive impression that we want voters to have two years from now, and then four years from now, when we have another presidential election?” SNIP Ford O’Connell,...
  • Obama gun order triples Cabinet agencies required to track guns

    01/17/2013 1:02:36 PM PST · by TLI · 45 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama is tripling the number of Cabinet agencies with gun control law enforcement responsibilities in his new bid to track guns, adding six agencies to the three typically included--Justice, Homeland Security and Defense. Section 1.e of his executive order released Wednesday adds State, Treasury, Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and Veterans Affairs. It reads: "For purposes of this memorandum, 'Federal law enforcement agencies' means the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Energy, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security, and such other agencies and offices that regularly recover firearms in the course of their criminal investigations as the President...
  • Loyal Dog Continues to Attend Mass Where Owners funeral was Held

    01/17/2013 12:59:39 PM PST · by mgist · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/16/13 | Dylan Stableford
    A loyal dog whose owner died late last year has apparently been showing up for Mass every day for the last two months at the church where the funeral was held. Tommy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, used to accompany his owner, Maria Margherita Lochi, to services at Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy, according to the Daily Mail, and was allowed to sit at her feet. After Lochi died, the dog "joined mourners at her funeral service" according to locals and "followed after Maria's coffin" as it was carried into the church. Tommy, a stray who was adopted...
  • Some Hostages Killed, but Raid Rescues Many, Algeria Says

    01/17/2013 12:50:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | By ADAM NOSSITER, ALAN COWELL and SCOTT SAYARE
    BAMAKO, Mali — Kidnappers and at least some of their hostages were killed on Thursday as Algerian forces raided a gas facility where a heavily armed group of Islamist extremists was holding dozens of captives, including Americans and other foreigners, the Algerian government announced. In a statement on national radio, the communications minister, Mohand Saďd Oublaďd, said that many of the hostages had been freed, but he warned that the military assault was not yet complete and that some captives remained trapped inside the remote facility in the Algerian desert. “The operation resulted in the neutralization of a large number...
  • Scarborough Warns: GOP ‘Better Tread Lightly,’ Obama Gun Proposals Enjoy ‘Overwhelming Support’

    01/17/2013 12:49:03 PM PST · by ColdOne · 59 replies
    mediate.com ^ | 1/17/13 | Andrew Kirell
    After reviewing President Obama‘s 23 “executive actions” signed into law yesterday, Joe Scarborough said Thursday morning that his Republican Party had better proceed with caution, seeing as how he believes the policy proposals have the “overwhelming” support of the American people. The president’s plan included universal background checks on gun purchases, which Scarborough said has the support of at least “85% of Americans.” The president’s call for a
  • U.S. Embassy in Algeria Posts ... 'Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.'

    01/17/2013 12:44:06 PM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 1/17/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    With Americans being held hostage in Algeria, the U.S. embassy in that country is posting Facebook photos of ... "Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr." Here's a screen grab: